Efficient WLAN for Manufacturing, Distribution & Logistics Facilities

Manufacturing, distribution, and logistics companies often have multiple geographically distributed sites requiring mobile connectivity. These organizations depend on accurate inventory to function but recognize that each site’s radio frequency (RF) profile can change radically during a single day as the volume and type of materials stocked fluctuates. As manufacturing, distribution, and logistics firms move to automated pickers, the accuracy and uptime of the WLAN become mission critical. Flexibility and scalability are crucial, as the environment may expand relatively suddenly. Finally, simple, easy-to-use management is a central requirement, since many organizations do not have a WLAN expert onsite. Aerohive’s unique controller-less architecture makes it simple and cost effective to add coverage – just add another AP. While Aerohive access points enable distributed communications and policy, management is centralized, and can even be hosted online.


Features & Benefits

 

Feature

Benefit(s)

No Single Point of Failure

  • Ensures highest levels of network availability and resiliency, as network "self heals" around any failure points

Mesh Technology for AP-to-AP Direct Communications

 

  • Eliminates need to cable APs to switches in difficult-to-wire locations
  • Offers mesh features at no additional cost

Easily Add More Coverage by Adding Access Points

  • Eliminates the “stair step” costs of adding controllers for incremental coverage

Superior Performance in a Mixed-client Environment via Unique Airtime Scheduling

  • Enables the best performance for all clients, whether 802.11a/b/g or n

Centralized Management (across multiple sites from a single console or online service)

  • Offers easy-to-use management for streamlining operations and reducing opex (operating expenses)
  • Provides user-friendly interface that enables staff to quickly pinpoint and solve problems

Fast, Secure Roaming and Identity-based Security (enforced in every access point as a user connects)

  • Provides enhanced security above and beyond 802.11's inherent authentication and over-the-air encryption including firewall, WIPS, VPN, RADIUS, and Active Directory support

Simple Pricing Model and No Feature Licensing

  • Grows with your needs (linear cost curve as you grow)
  • Eliminates budget "surprises" as you need additional features for new applications (i.e. QoS, VPN, mesh)

Fully Distributed Processing, Data Forwarding, and Control Architecture

  • Reduces capex (capital expenditures) because no controller purchases are required
  • Results in higher network performance and uptime – no controller bottlenecks and no dependence on a vulnerable WAN connection to a remote controller
  • Improves budget control with the ability to "pay as you grow"

Secure Guest Access with Integrated Captive Web Portal

  • Provides easy-to-deploy guest access
  • Offers multiple methods to ensure acceptable use or guest authentication
  • Provides protection against intrusions by temporary users